|Justice (by Taz Lombardo, Roanoke Times)|
The federal lawsuit, "co-signed by Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia regulators, alleges that the company’s discharges 'for iron, total suspended solids, aluminum, pH and manganese' placed its facilities’ operations out of compliance with state permits and laws at various times between 2009 and 2014," Sturgeon writes. "Southern Coal’s West Virginia operations are included in the settlement, though that state isn’t a plaintiff."
The settlement "outlines compliance steps to include increased employee training, third-party audits of company facilities and the posting of water quality test results to a public website," Sturgeon writes. "Those measures, which the government said would reduce the amount of pollutant the company discharges by 5 million pounds a year, could cost an additional $4.5 million."